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Guerilla Knitters Question the Division Between Art and Crafts

The afghan your grandmother knit. The sweater your mom crocheted for Christmas. The scarf you bought at the local craft fair.

It's safe to say that most people wouldn't classify any of the above items as high art. The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) along with guerilla knitting collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles aimed to question this logic with the temporary public art display, CAFM Granny Squared.

Over 500 participants – including many talents who otherwise wouldn't have access to display their work at a major museum -- contributed 8,000 five-inch crocheted granny squares in eye-popping hues, which were then used to cover the exterior of CAFAM. The simple act of cloaking a piece of architecture (considered one of the highest forms of art) with something we often dismiss as a hobby, forced onlookers to question the line dividing the two. It's a clever twist on a really great graffiti piece – a colorful questioning of the status quo that upon closer look reveals itself to be quite intricately detailed.

The exhibit is also food for thought for interior designers looking for alternative ways to incorporate art. Why can't a beautifully crocheted blanket be displayed in the same way as a painting? Both pieces involve a story, talent, an eye for color and skilled handiwork. Are we limiting ourselves with antiquated ideas of what qualifies as display-worthy?

Those who missed Granny Squared, need not worry. YBLA has joined forces with the Downtown Women's Center to continue the exhibition in Skid Row through December 2013.

For more information on the Craft & Folk Art Museum visit: www. cafam.org For more information on Yarn Bombing Los Angeles visit: www. yarnbombinglosangeles.com

All images by Megan Mostyn-Brown